Tomorrow I’ll be in Rochester, NY, to read poems for the Deep Fried Poetry Series w/ Jess Grover, Nate Pritts, and Tricia Asklar.
Earlier today I asked Facebook ‘what should I do in Rochester’ and more than one person answered ‘garbage plate.’ I googled ‘garbage plate’ and discovered that it’s a Rochester famous dish, Wikipedia say the Garbage Plate (it just seems like it should be capitalized) is:
“a combination of two selections of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots,Italian sausage, chicken tender, fish (haddock), fried ham, grilled cheese, or eggs; and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad. On top of that are the options of mustard and onions, and Nick’s proprietary hot sauce, a sauce with spices and slowly simmered ground beef. It’s served with rolls or Italian toast on the side, fresh from the bakery next door.”
The Garbage Plate is pictured above. I have been thinking about it all day. I looked at at least 20+ different photos of this thing before I went to work. I feel interested in the phenomena where people (included: self) are compelled by a thing primarily because of its impossibility and perhaps total uselessness. I am not saying it does not taste really good, but, the novelty (and charm? CHARM, yes?) of the thing seems to be that it is so unnecessary yet confronts us with its existence.
I don’t really want to eat one tomorrow but I AM going to find one to look at.
If you live around Rochester, come to The Yards tomorrow at 7 pm. We can talk about this.
what is so remarkable about my new apartment at the end of a cul-de-sac is the total silence after ~9pm. occasionally, crickets.
I’m writing something on Rosmarie Waldrop, can you help? Can you link me to essays/writings on her poetics, with BONUS if specifically on CURVES TO THE APPLE? Need not be “full-on scholarly,” semi-scholarly preferred.
In short: what are some essays on Waldrop that helped you learn something?
Ever since I posted about mailing special things to people who purchase my book this month from SPD, so many of you have! Thank you!
I want to send you your things but I don’t have yr addresses! So, if you purchased YOU ARE NOT DEAD this month, and would like a surprise-poetry-thing from me, please email email@example.com with your mailing address!
Then I will make you something special and send it.
Then I will feel even happier than I already do.
There are still 10 days left in April and 19 copies of YOU ARE NOT DEAD left at SPD if you’d like one!
is that for the rest of this month, poetry month after all, if you order a copy of YOU ARE NOT DEAD from Small Press Distribution, I will send you something in the mail. It will be something you like, hopefully. They will all be different things but may relate (and are not limited) to:
strategies for combating loneliness
When you order a copy, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. Or hit forward on the convenient receipt SPD will send you, because then you have to type less.
If we know each other I will be delighted to send you the thing I will send. If we don’t, I will be even happier.
It will be a surprise what I send to both you and to me. The surprise will be our very own special shared thing.
from Analicia Sotelo’s review of my first book, YOU ARE NOT DEAD, up today at LitBridge. Thank you Analicia, thank you LitBridge!
The book is available now from Small Press Distribution!
Happy to be here this first day of April at DIGITAL ROOTS READING SERIES, an online place for videos of poets reading poems:
I read “Never Again the Same” by James Tate, a very important poem to me and to others, plus the first poem from YOU ARE NOT DEAD, just out from Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Thank you Jason Bradford for this new project. Count with me how many times I say “Umm” because poetry makes me nervous.